When we started our store there were a few principles that were our cornerstones. We only wanted to offer the best of the best in terms of both products that we sell and the service that we provide. We handpicked every item, we read every label and tried to see the value each product offers. We picked only those products that we would give to our own dogs and cats.
One of our promises was to keep learning and offer you the latest information on pet nutrition and well-being available. Because there are many opinions on the most basic topics, we decided that we will encourage you to make your own decision based on the knowledge we provide and based on your own research and experience.
There is enough information and opinions to write a small book on the topic. Today we decided to outline some salient points to help you answer the question: Should I be feeding raw? What, when, how?
We will consider our goal accomplished if any of these points answer any questions you have. And if they raise more questions, we are always here to answer any of them to the best of our understanding.
- Raw can be complemented or can complement any other type of food. Any amount of raw is better than no raw.
- Raw comes in two formats — frozen and freeze dried. The former is more cost efficient, the latter is more convenient.
- If any temperature was involved at any point of making the food, then it is not raw.
- Dehydrated is not raw.
- Not all frozen raw is food. Look for 'complete and balanced' designation. You would be surprised but some popular brands do not have the word 'food' on the packaging.
- We do not recommend thawing in a microwave. Thaw food in the fridge overnight, or use a ziplock bag and running water and it will take 5 minutes to thaw the food. Or keep an emergency freeze-dried bag that doesn't require refrigeration.
- All raw food are rotational — there is no need to slowly transition from one food to another. Unless there are personal sensitivities to certain formulas, you can give different proteins from different brands and there shouldn't be any upset tummies.
- All raw formulas are different — some contain 75% meat, organs and bone while other 95%. The more meat the more value provided the food is complete and balanced with fruits, veggies, vitamins, and minerals. However, some dogs do better on lower protein to produce ratio.
- Compare prices per meal not per bag.
- Raw is good for puppies.
- Some raw foods provide further convenience. Frozen medallions, nuggets, patties are easier to measure and serve and they do not leak blood and juices as opposed to vacuum-sealed packages or tubes. Some freeze dried formulas come in bite size that makes them a very economical treats or can be used as a meal mixer with kibble.
- Some raw foods provide further safety having undergone High Pressure Process (HPP) that kills pathogenic bacteria. Safer for dogs, safer for humans.
- Normally medallions or nuggets are more economical than bites, while larger patties are more economical than medallions.
- Raw is very good for your dog's or cat's dental health due to much lower carbohydrate level. Please remember that nothing substitutes brushing and hard chews or raw bones are strongly recommended.
- Ingredients list does not lie. You should be able to read and understand everything that goes in the food. Some things may sound 'scientific', for example, pyridoxine hydrochloride which is only Vitamin B6.
- Once you see the positive changes in your dog or cat after introducing some raw you may not want to go back.
We think that we chose the best of the best in raw food. We carry entire lines of the following manufacturers. We encourage you to visit their websites through the links provided below to read more abut raw.